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Gastrointestinal Symptoms and Dopamine Transporter Asymmetry in Early Parkinson's Disease

List of AuthorsMurtomäki Kirsi, Mertsalmi Tuomas, Jaakkola Elina, Mäkinen Elina, Levo Reeta, Nojonen Tanja, Eklund Mikael, Nuuttila Simo, Lindholm Kari, Pekkonen Eero, Joutsa Juho, Noponen Tommi, Ihalainen Toni, Kaasinen Valtteri, Scheperjans Philip


Publication year2022

JournalMovement Disorders

Journal name in sourceMOVEMENT DISORDERS

Journal acronymMOVEMENT DISORD

Number of pages7





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Background: The neurophysiological correlates of gastrointestinal symptoms (GISs) in Parkinson's disease (PD) are not well understood. It has been proposed that in patients with a gastrointestinal origin of PD dopaminergic neurodegeneration would be more symmetric.

Objectives: The aim is to assess the associations between GISs and asymmetry of nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurodegeneration in PD.

Methods: Ninety PD patients were assessed using motor and GIS scales and 123 I-FP-CIT SPECT. We calculated the asymmetry index and the predominant side of motor symptoms and dopamine transporter (DAT) imaging defect and assessed their association with GISs.

Results: There were no significant differences in GISs between symmetric and asymmetric dopaminergic defect. Left predominant defect was related to more GIS and higher constipation scores.

Conclusions: GISs were associated with left predominant reduction in putaminal DAT binding but not asymmetry per se. It remains open whether left-sided DAT deficit is related to more pronounced GI involvement or symptom perception in PD. © 2022 The Authors. Movement Disorders published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of International Parkinson Movement Disorder Society.

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